Blonde Files: Social & Adventures
Yep, it’s Saturday. Mother’s Day is Sunday – and after a long a stressful week we are going to be in search of the perfect present. But instead of stressing out more – get her something that she is going to use! She could always use another picture of you and your sibs in in a frame – but why not style her up, give her the cool hostess gift, get her an appt. at Dry Bar for one of their unforgettable head massages…
…And in the spirit of my mother calling me ‘last minute lilly’ here’s some ideas for you if you happen to have had Mother’s day at top of mind all week but failed to get the perfect gift… (more…)
Its spring cleaning time and de-toxifying everything is on my mind these days. I’m dreading stepping into the catacombs of my closet purging even some of the most questionable pieces that I have had for way too long – including an Eskimo costume and a few dresses that today could double as shirts, from my college days. But for the sake of staving off my closet anxiety attack, I decided that starting with feeling good myself was a little more manageable as a first step in my spring cleaning process.
About a month ago I looked into cleanses, drinkable flush-out, get-out, detoxifying super juices dedicated to restoring your body. I was intrigued by several of my friends that were trying them and the more and more I looked into them online the more and more I found what looked like branded, watered-down and really expensive, shippable juice. I didn’t think I could justify getting a week’s worth of juices shipped to my door not knowing entirely where it came from and sacrificing my spring shopping budget just out of sheer convenience.
Thus, began my online super sleuthing trying to find alternative ways to “detox” and then I found this D.I.Y. Ritual Cleanse. An at home way to get the toxins out by literally raiding the produce section at your local supermarket. So I took to the market and followed the shopping list getting everything from, kale, spinach, lemons, beets and pineapple.
Your grocery list should include for a 3-day cleanse:
- 3 Bushels of Kale
- 2 bags of Spinach
- 18 whole apples – (shortcut: buy the prepackaged slices in a platter – it will save TONS of chop time.)
- 9 Kiwis
- 12 Bananas
- 1 pineapple – (shortcut: pre-sliced will save TONS of chop time.)
- 2 Large cucumbers
- 3 Lemons
- 1 bottle of milk choose almond or soy – (Go with – Silk 90 calorie vanilla flavored almond milk.)
- Cayenne Red Pepper
- 3 six packs of water – (FIJI bottles have a good smaller size)
Each day you drink six juices – 3 green drinks separated by two lighter juice drinks and then what tastes like dessert/protein shake at night before bed. Throughout the day absolutely keep yourself hydrated with water and I allowed myself some lemon to flavor it so I felt a little better than literally chugging water all day.
Confession: I also allowed myself 1 cup of coffee with some light milk and natural sweetener as well in the morning living without coffee for a week seemed a little drastic. I figured as a natural diuretic it couldn’t hurt, right?
Prepping the juice:
So of course there are a few things that you need to make this cleanse a success – First a juicer. If you don’t have one I would really consider investing in it. Since doing my first cleanse, juicing OJ in the morning, making my favorite, mango juice, it’s an investment I don’t regret and it certainly pays in spades.
Also for this project, make sure you have two things, a trash-bowl – yes all Rachel Ray like, and a pitcher. This can also be a messy process and since you are working with some possibly squirt-y fruits I would wear a t-shirt you don’t mind getting a little dirty – no need to get all 21st century June cleaver while “juicing.”
The Green Juice – Drink this 3X Daily – Think of it as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
For 1 bottle:
- 1 large handful of kale
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1 average sized kiwi, peeled
- 2 apples (about 14/16 slices if you purchased the platter)
- 1 Banana (should be mashed or thrown into a blender)
Directions: Do this juice first. Take all the “Green Juice” Ingredients, chop them finer if needed for your juicer and process them through your machine. If your catch cup gets full – pour what you have juiced in the pitcher. Then after you have juiced all the ingredients add in your mashed banana to your green juice in the pitcher, mix and pour into 3 FIJI bottles for one set of Green Juices for 1 day. Then once all the bottles have even amounts fill the rest with water. Refrigerate until you wish to drink.
Note: I did all three days’ worth of green juices at one time – it cuts way down on your preparation time – I had all three days done at once and could move on to the next juice.
Pineapple-Apple-Cucumber Juice – Drink this once daily, in between breakfast and lunch
For 1 bottle:
- 1 half of a pineapple cut up in juiceable chunks
- 2 apples
- 1 half of one large cucumber
Directions: Juice this second. It has about half- the ingredients so between cleaning of your juicer from one juice to the next this won’t be as bad. Just like your first juice all ingredients that go into this one, using the pitcher as an overflow reserve. Then separate into a bottle (three – if you’re juicing all three days). Keep refrigerated.
Sweet & Spicy Lemonade – Drink this once daily, in between lunch and dinner
For 1 bottle:
- juice of one large lemon
- a teaspoonful of honey (or agave nectar)
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- rest of bottle filled with filtered water
Directions: Juice the lemons and put all juice into pitcher, add a pinch of cayenne and honey. Stir and separate into a bottle. (three – if you’re juicing all three days). Keep refrigerated.
Banana-Almond Milk Drink this once daily, an hour before bedtime
For 1 bottle:
- 1 cup of raw cashews, soaked in water for 2 hours
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of water
- a pinch each of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg
Directions: Blend the bananas like you have done for the green drink. Fill the bottle about halfway with the almond milk, add bit of water and fill the rest with the banana puree. Add a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg for flavor. (This by far was my favorite drink. A good dessert replacement if you don’t want to indulge on a normal day.) Put the cap on the bottle shake and refrigerate.
All together it took me about 1.5 hours to juice bottle and clean-up everything. My grocery bill for 3 days’ worth – around $80. Much more pocketbook savvy compared to the over $200 I would have spent online for the pre-packaged Ritual Cleanse. If you are willing to sacrifice three days of solid foods to feel lighter, better energized, well rested and a few pounds lighter – and don’t mind spending a few hours to “juice” this is totally the way to go!
If you have any questions about the cleanse – leave a comment – I will answer all that I can or if you would like you can always e-mail the blog PRBlondeBlog@gmail.com.
I will be back later in the week with a bonus post of my D.I.Y. Ritual Cleanse results – but if you are looking for some funny Day by Day commentary – visit the PRB Facebook Page – Happy Juicing!
I don’t know if it is that I am not getting enough sleep or too little these days but something in me isn’t ticking with the same inspiration I’m used to. As I approach the 1 year anniversary of PRBlonde, I am starting to feel a little like the last episode of Girls. I’m unsure that where I am taking this blog for its one year momentus is in the best direction – I guess you could say I’ve lost “my sparkle” my creative bone, my funny. When nights should be filled with writing I find myself trying to occupy my time with other things I would rather be doing… no this isn’t a goodbye post but it may be a see you next week… we will see… You all deserve a good read, a must-read and I want to make sure that what I create is worth every last dripping word. (more…)
As I ventured to the city of “Brotherly Love” my inner travel voice from Luxury Travel Mom piped up leading me to a luxurious stay at the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia. This one of a kind property has tons to offer and as a contributor to LTM I made sure to tell all of our readers about it.
You can check-out my review over on LuxuryTravelMom.com complete with a complete workup of New England’s historically rich and luxe city of Philadelphia – Check it out here:
PRBlonde for Luxury Travel Mom: Ritz Carlton-Philadelphia-Swanky and Historic (Guest Post)I am a guest blogger for Luxury Travel Mom, I was not hosted by the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia and was not compensated for this post.
Part of my job as a PR Pro/Blogger is to give you a peek inside the industry and the guilty pleasures outside of the industry that make us PR Girls tick. Anyone that knows me can tell you that one of my many guilty pleasures is travel. I can absolutely tell you I am not one to let grass grow under my feet. I’m always on to the next place and subsequently looking for the next new thing to fill my cup. Well after an amazing feature last week – I am finally ready to share with you all another big and fun project one that combines my guilty travel pleasure with my love for the blogosphere. One that will take me places I could never imagine…
I’m back! Yep, I took a week off! Only 1 post during my hiatus. So despite the fact that I try and post as much as I can and most of my “witty” thoughts make it to paper – this blog isn’t what totally pays the bills. SHOCKER! In any case the last two weekends and weeks have been a blessing and a curse. Two weekends ago I was in Philly with two of my closest friends from New York – there for a little business and a little pleasure. Then a crazy work week, which led to the blog’s minor week long vacation/hiatus. Then I got to see my Dad and Brother this past weekend, while my Dad was in town for the brother’s college fraternity initiation – he’s a “Lion” now! See my weekends in pictures:
Weekend 1 – PRBlonde Takes Philadelphia
People ask me all the time – how come your face is never on your blog? Well kids – here (more…)
I was so excited when I got a call from a friend telling me about the Lela Rose Highland Park Village Trunk Show launch. Not only do I have a “Love for Lela” but absolutely love some good statement piece costume jewelry to add a little more “flash” – I mean it’s Dallas.
Today is the first day of a month long event featuring a collaboration with Carole Tanenbaum, vintage jewelry designer extraordinaire who has come together for a limited engagement with Lela Rose to add some bling to complimentary staples of the Lela Rose Collection Highland Park Village store.
Carole Tanenbaum is a Vintage Jewelry designer hailing from New York and is now residing in Toronto, Canada. Her over 20,000 pieces of vintage costume jewelry, as a part of the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection, has been seen on the likes of Celebrity royalty such as Gwyneth Paltrow, First Lady Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker (who has (more…)
I find myself these days constantly looking for inspiration – a little pick-me-up. It’s easy to just call Mom/Dad or freak out and call your best friend – all who will tell you to keep “doing what your doing.” It’s like your past that half way mark in your marathon and you need that running buddy next to you shouting Bob & Gillian biggest loser style in your ear.
After making New Years resolutions and living with new intentions, sometimes you just need that quick fleeting reminder that yep – you’re on the right path. The sun is shining its a good day and the Devil is saying with you put your feet to the ground in the morning -”Oh shit, she’s up!”
So we’re kicking off award season and what better than to start with the “knee-slapping” Golden Globes. In her 70th year E! News reported that our “funny-girl” presenters showed no signs of backing off pulling punches on star-studded guest such as Anne Hathaway, Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron. The biggest surprise may have been Mr. Ex- President #42 himself, Bill Clinton. Looks like Spielberg called in a favor to present Lincoln. I was pretty much thinking he was just as lost in this crowd as Clint Eastwood at the RNC – was anyone else waiting for him to talk to an empty chair? But the night wasn’t without it’s fair share of flips and flops of fashion as well. As the winding red carpet ushered in some of the most gorgeous looks others brought phantom legs, a post break-up purple hue, grandma’s tablecloth, ugly sweetheart strapless and some serious slicked back wavy messes. But (more…)